Private Joshua Burch, 18, son of Claudio and Emily Burch, of Chester, graduated from the United States Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island on September 20, 2013. Private Burch successfully completed 13 weeks of one of the world’s most demanding and intensive entry-level military training at MCRD Parris Island.
While in recruit training, Private Burch trained in subjects including close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.
One week prior to graduation, Burch entered the Crucible, a test every recruit must go through to become a Marine. It tests every recruit physically, mentally and morally and is the defining experience of recruit training. Upon completion, the recruits are awarded the highly prized Eagle, Globe and Anchor and have earned the title of a United States Marine.
Following ten days home on leave, Pvt. Burch spent six days as a recruiters’ assistant in Chesapeake, Va., and then reported to Camp LeJeune for one month at Military Combat Training, then Military Occupation Specialty School.